Volunteer applications are open on a rolling basis starting in Feburary of each year for the sailing season running April – October.


One of Clearwater’s greatest assets are our enthusiastic volunteers. The Clearwater volunteer program pulls together groups of 2-4 individuals weekly, who contribute a unique perspective and energy to our education program and onboard community.

Clearwater accepts volunteers mid-April through the end of October to live and work onboard for a week. In addition to helping the crew facilitate our onboard programs, we depend on our volunteers to help with chores and maintenance.

What Makes A Great Clearwater Volunteer?

Clearwater looks for volunteers with a passion for teaching and ability to lead small group activities. You don’t need previous sailing experience, but a background in teaching, environmental issues, music or earth sciences are a plus.

You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer, be in reasonably good physical health, and be able to commit to a full week on board the boat (if you are 14-18 years of age, be sure to also check out our Youth Empowerment Programs!).

Volunteering aboard the sloop may not be for everyone; living conditions are rustic, privacy is limited and our work days are long.

If you are interested in spending an unforgettable week sailing and teaching aboard Clearwater, fill out an application and one of our educators will call you for a short interview:

Volunteer Application (online form) 200 word limit on answers.

We will begin reviewing volunteer applications in February, 2024, so look out for an interview request then!

Is There A Cost Associated With This Program?

A $125 volunteer fee offsets the cost of food, a volunteer t-shirt, instruction, and training. We provide volunteers with a full day of training from our professional crew to prepare everyone for a week packed with sailing, fishing, teaching, and learning.